Sometimes it’s hard to know when it’s time to leave a job. It seems like it would be easy. If you don’t like, find something else, right? It’s not always that simple, however. We convince ourselves to stay in jobs that we don’t like because we need the money, because we don’t know what else we would do, or because we’re afraid of ending up in a worse situation. Here are five signs that it’s time to leave your job.
1: You Dread Going to Work
One of the biggest signs that it’s time to leave your job is if the thought of going to work fills you with dread. If you find that you’re happy on the weekends, but start to feel down Sunday evening as the new work week approaches, then it’s time to find a new place to work. While it’s always nice to reach the weekend, it’s one thing to want a break because you’ve worked hard and you’re tired, and quite another to feel down or anxious about having to spend time in the workplace. You will be much happier if you find a job that doesn’t fill you with dread every morning when your alarm goes off.
2: You Have No Interest in the Work You Do
While some tasks may be more interesting than others at any job if nothing you do at work interests you, it’s time to move on. It’s hard to stay engaged with a job that has nothing to do with your interests or life goals. Your tasks should be engaging, and your job should give you a sense of purpose and fulfillment. If your job is just a way to make a paycheck, it’s time to find a job in a career field that interests you.
3: You Keep Getting Sick
Our bodies give us signs when things in our life are wrong and need to change. If you are constantly getting colds, or can’t shake them when you get one, that’s a sure sign that something in your life is causing you too much stress. Find a job that energizes you, and motivates you to put in your best effort. Money is not more important than your health. If you don’t feel well, you won’t be able to enjoy life. You deserve a job that enhances your life, not one that you have to survive.
4: You Don’t Like the People You Work With
Sometimes you end up with a bad boss. It happens. Not everyone is cut out for leadership roles, however; if you find you dislike all your bosses, and you avoid your co-workers, that’s another sign it’s time for a change. If you don’t like anyone you work with, it could be that you’re projecting your dislike of your work onto your coworkers. If your coworkers are hostile and make you feel like an outcast, then find a new company that makes you feel accepted and welcomed.
5: You Have No Time for Yourself
It can be difficult to find a work-life balance, but it’s important for both mental and physical health and your enjoyment of life. You need a career that allows you the time you need each week to unwind and reset so that you don’t get overwhelmed and stressed out. If your life feels like it’s just a constant cycle of working and sleeping, it’s time to move on to something else.
If some or all of these signs describe your situation at work, then it is time to move on to something new. Even though it is scary to leave what you know behind, it will be worth it to have a job you enjoy.
Joan is an Assistant Manager at Bank-Opening-Times.co.uk, a curious individual, avid reader, and a passionate creative writer.